Elderly cyclist in Brighton Road crash says motorists ignored her

AN ELDERLY cyclist who was knocked off her bike on the Brighton Road in mid-rush hour has told how “more than 50 cars” merely drove past her as she struggled to move or breathe.


The victim was cycling back from her morning swim when a car pulled sharply out in front of her into the cycle lane.

 

AN ELDERLY cyclist who was knocked off her bike on the Brighton Road in mid-rush hour has told how “more than 50 cars” merely drove past her as she struggled to move or breathe.


The victim was cycling back from her morning swim when a car pulled sharply out in front of her into the cycle lane.

 

This forced the 67-year-old to slam on her brakes – throwing her face-first over her handlebars on to the road.


“I was very badly winded and couldn’t breathe or speak,” she told the local paper.

 

“My helmet was broken and my jacket ripped. I couldn’t move and was just aware of all these cars driving past me while I lay there.


“Eventually after five minutes, a man who saw the accident from the other side of the road came back around and helped pick me up with a lady who was on her way to work.

 

“Something really needs to be done about cycle safety, or at least about the standard of people’s driving. I am scared if I have another accident, it will be more serious,” she added.

 

The injured cyclist, who works as a beauty therapist, said: “I think that area is getting worse with more and more traffic. All drivers need to do is stay out of the cycle lanes.”


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